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post #16 of 28 (permalink) Old 05-10-2013, 05:57 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks, that is a great idea. I am looking at tropica now. When I filter for easy, can I assume that the plants they list in the easy setups will work in a low light no co2 tank?
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Where to get cool driftwood

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I collect all mine in the local rivers and beaches. We went to Big talbot state park this weekend (no collecting allowed) and the amount and quality was unreal.



This one looks like some king of demon lol

Hey up there in Jax! As soon as I read Talbot island, I knew you were in my hometown. That's some great wood you photographed.
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I got some very nice curly willow for a few bucks at a local flower shop (make sure you get the dried stuff, of course). Could've picked it, but I saw it on my way from lunch back to the office.

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Hey Aquarist Fist how far are you from the ocean. I have been getting some nice pieces from a lady up there from Brookings that sells on ebay. Last winter didn't bring the best selection but she states that normally there are some real good finds. The coloration and the way the water wears down the wood up there fascinates me. I typically keep an eye out for all the pieces she finds.

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Just wondering how big I should go for a piece of driftwood in a 40 gallon breeder? I found a piece that I thought was kind of cool at a LFS but it is 19" long, and about 16" high. Tank dimensions are 36x18x16. Would that be too large and dominant? If so what size range should I be looking at?
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go to your local stream/lake/river...

or get pricy malaysian/manzanita
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post #23 of 28 (permalink) Old 05-25-2013, 06:26 PM
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I started a thread, but got no replies, so I will ask here:

I got a very nice piece of driftwood at a local garden center...However, it has some very old barnacles on it. I am told it has been sitting out, getting watered and rained on for four YEARS. How can I test it, to see if it is salty? If it IS salty, how bad would that be for a 30 gallon tank? I am going very slow, using Eco Complete Substrate...But don't want to damage the substrate. Does salt do that?

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Yes, salt is bad for planted tanks. Most people clean it then boil it for a couple of hours. In your case I would do that and let it sit in a container of water for a week or longer, changing the water everyday. Then reboil it and rinse. I've done this with DW found on beaches and had no problems.
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Thanks, Zorfox. Going to need a BIG stock pot, for this!
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I am about to "clean" a bunch of drift wood/dead wood that we collected this week. It is quite large though as well.

I plan to use a 50 gallon rubbermaid bin. You can pour boiling water from a stockpot into it and just keep filling until its full.
Another option is a large cooler, it would retain the heat better and you could close the lid to let it "cook" for a bit and just repeat until you are confident.
I figure mine will take 2-3 days of 1-2 fills to get the wood good and clean, but mine was collected around 7500' elevation. hoping that it has no termites... left it in sealed bags till I get home to start the boiling.

Good luck, hope that helps a little.
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I am about to "clean" a bunch of drift wood/dead wood that we collected this week. It is quite large though as well.

I plan to use a 50 gallon rubbermaid bin. You can pour boiling water from a stockpot into it and just keep filling until its full.
Another option is a large cooler, it would retain the heat better and you could close the lid to let it "cook" for a bit and just repeat until you are confident.
I figure mine will take 2-3 days of 1-2 fills to get the wood good and clean, but mine was collected around 7500' elevation. hoping that it has no termites... left it in sealed bags till I get home to start the boiling.

Good luck, hope that helps a little.
After reading this post, it occurred to me that we are in need of a new outside garbage bin...So I made a deal: I go get us one, and have use of it for a week or two before we use it for garbage. I have a hot water tap in the garage, so there we go!

Thanks, this was the advice I needed!
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good to hear. Should post some pics of the wood, I wont get home till Tuesday, but I will grab some shots of the boiling/soaking process in bins/coolers too. The giant trash can sounds good to. I could use one myself for the garage...might have stronger handles too...
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